Thermostat Settings for Conservation and $$ Savings in Home Energy


Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013

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Closely managing your thermostat is an easy way to increase your energy and $$ savings.

  • In the summer, set the thermostat as high as you can while still maintaining comfort.
  • In the winter, set the thermostat as low as you can while still maintaining comfort.
  • If you have central air conditioning and heating, keep the fan switch on “auto.” The exception is for multistory homes where temperature stratification is a problem between the upper and

No to Low Cost Actions to Save Home Energy and Money

Reviewed and Revised 01/03/2014

Simple tips designed to help you save energy in your home with little or no out-of-pocket costs.


  • Lower the thermostat when you sleep or not at home. Lowering the thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hrs can help you save  5-15% annually on your heating bill. website states that if the setback period is 8 hrs or longer than

Phantom/Standby Energy Use by Home Electronics and Appliances

Reviewed and Revised on 11/04/2013

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Consumer electronics and appliances amount to about 15% of a home’s utility usage. Did you know these modern conveniences can cost you a lot of money even when they are turned off, but still plugged in?


Today an average American home is brimming with consumer electronics and appliances- televisions, DVD players, stereos, kitchen gadgets, etc. Most of the times these appliances stay plugged in, and are just turned off (but not unplugged) when not in …